Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Champagne sherbet
Stated Age
09 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
60.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Nov 2017 7:25 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 63.48

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Whisky Reviews for Mannochmore 2008 SMWS 64.98

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.50 points

  1. AndyJA scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A tasty surprise, I really enjoyed this whisky and the bottle description is spot on with Champagne Sherbet

    A light fruity whisky with a very pleasant sparkle in the mouth not as fizzy as champagne bubbles and not as explosive as sherbet but a nice marriage of the two

    Honeyed and sweet with 'candied' fruit flavours reminiscent of Barley sugar

    Don't think this bottle will last long

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    It’s looking like a strange flight, as always. I order food [which was excellent and fairly priced], before asking after #64.

    N: That’s young Mannochmore alright, presented at full power. That means, vanilla rocket fuel with a bucket of pencil shavings thrown in. Water isn’t going to touch it, though having said that, some bung cloth & fruity candy=berries do emerge with dilution. Like the 1988 vintage that follows, there’s an emerging coppery farmy note, though with little creaminess/cheesy-ness by comparison.

    T: Yikes! It’s like a Strathmill with balls. Despite the sheer initial power, the honeyed malt does manage to flow through. Seemingly this malt doesn’t budge or waver past that, but give it plenty of water & time and the malty honey qualities do relax some. There develops a floral/fruit candy quality from within that malty grip, and also some biscuit notes also, but that fairly un-wavering form soon becomes tedious.

    F: Pillow-soft dryness on the turn, with vanilla, pencil shavings, a little more sponge, a biscuity maltiness with a few baked raisins thrown in and a touch of baking powder. Not dissimilar to young Balblair on the finish, known for its robust quality spirit.

    C: Sometimes this style of malt comes across better after more interesting/complex/academic whiskies, as a welcoming time-out dram - the more plain & resolute qualities potentially appearing more remarkable & admirable by contrast. I haven’t greeted the last few Mannochmore releases from SMWS with great fanfare, but this one [released in 2017], is closer to the money.

    Scores a C

  3. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS notes:

    A lively and invigorating nose carried the effervescence of lemon sherbet and chalky sweets with the dusty and perfumed freshness of talcum powder sprinkled over a freshly cut lawn. Sweet vanilla joined the yeasty brioche notes of rich champagne and croissants filled with marzipan. Water turned the champagne into bucks fizz enjoyed with pineapple ice-lollies, strawberry jam and lime cheesecake with a thick biscuit base and a scattering of lemon zest. The finish followed the floral curve of elderflower cordial with the slight bitterness of fresh almonds and a lasting tingle of nutmeg and cloves.

  4. Macheye scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This Mannochmore is indeed young and spritely as the style category describes it. It does need hydration however, which whilst reducing some of the tangy powdered sugar flavours brings improved balance overall. A pleasant aperitif dram to get an evening started with.

    • Nose
      Sweet and with a fair bit of zing. Straight off the bat we’re into candy-country with boiled sweets and indeed the sherbet highlighted in the bottle name. Sugar-dusted strawberries and some punchy lemon zest add juicy fruit and vibrancy. Sitting alongside this are some bready notes akin to yeasty buns and doughs, and some rather earthy vegetal notes which I’ll describe as similar to cactus or agave. The addition of water reduces the zingy sherbet aromas, but heightens the fruit notes, moving into a more tropical pineapple arena.
    • Taste
      Lively and with the aforementioned sherbet still in play. Good mouthfeel but with some alcoholic burn when undiluted. Citrus and earthiness remain, and the bready flavours are joined now with nuttiness (almond) and some spicing in the form of nutmeg and pepper. Water much improves the balance of this dram on the palate to my taste and brings in some wine-like qualities as well as pronounced lemon rinds.
    • Finish
      Medium to long with a very nice progressive fade and a hint of salinity towards the end.


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